My hair is always hard to manage because unlike traditional silky smooth asian hair, my hair is thick, coarse, and has a mind of its own! Often times people comment on how “dry & damaged” my hair is, but the truth is… that my natural texture! And you guys might be wondering then how my hair always look so tamed on photoshoots .. so today I’m sharing with you 7 of the hair products I’ve been recently using. These are currently my 7 favorite products to get my hair healthy and styled just the way I want!
1. Argan Oil
I discovered the benefits of oil during my pregnancy and I haven’t stopped since. I use this daily to smooth out and tame my thick coarse hair. I’ve used a number of different hair oils and failed to find one that weighed my hair down and made it look greasy….until I discovered this one- Argan Oil of Moroccco. I’ve been using this product for the past few months, and am still working on bottle #1. Trust me, a little goes a long ways for this product. Make sure to use a dime size or less every single time (or else you will be left with greasy elvis hair!). I usually take showers in the evening so I put this product on before I go to bed, which allows me to wake up with much more manageable hair in the mornings. I also use this product in the mornings as well. I love that I can rely on my argan oil to restore nourishment and shine to my dry ends. I highly recommend it for girls who have dry coarse hair, and also processed/color hair.
Shop: Argan Oil of Morocco
2. Leave-in Conditioner
I absolutely swear by this product. I’ve only been using this product for a little over a week, but WOW does it make a difference. This cream includes organic bamboo extract and shine amplifying gooseberry in a paraben and chloride free formula. It also includes a technology called “Color Hold” which maximizes color retention…so it’s great for girls, like me, who has colored their hair multiple times. It’s such an amazing product for dry frizzy colored hair. It makes my hair dramatically and instantly silky smooth. Although they don’t market this product as a “Leave In Conditioner,” I’ve found that this product is actually much more effective than any other leave-in conditioners I’ve tried. I usually like to style my hair, when dry, with this product, but also apply it out of the shower after my hair is 70% towel dried. I’ve been alternating both the Argan oil and this Cream every other day. They are both so good!
3. Boar Bristle Brush & Wide Tooth Comb
Letting out an embarrassing fact about me: I used to NEVER brush my hair, until I discovered the benefits of “massaging your scalp”. After I gave birth I started to lose ALOT of my hair, and my hair stylist told me that I needed to start brushing my hair with a Boar Bristle because it will stimulate the capillaries which increases blood circulation allowing oxygen to travel to the roots. The boar bristles also helps to distribute sebum (natural oil) from root to tip! Typically I like to keep a wide tooth comb in my shower so when I condition or do one of my DIY hair masks I can comb out my hair to distribute product evenly. I also use a wide tooth comb if I want to brush out large curls in my hair to separate the strands. Don’t be lazy like me and neglect your scalp…it’s really the root of having beautiful silky hair!
Shop: Bristle Brush and Comb
4. Hair Curler
Possibly the coolest curling iron I own! Besides the fact that this curling iron is extremely photogenic (hello rose gold accents!) When I first tested out this curling iron the first words were “O M G…it’s curling my hair on it’s own!” This curler has a motion sensing technology and an auto- rotating barrel, in other words no twisting your arms up & down to get your curls anymore! Before I made the big CHOP a few months ago I was rocking my beachy waves and a lot of you girls were asking about the product I was using. I felt like the other curlers dried out my already dry hair, but this one really delivers silky & bouncy curls. It’s a great spin to the traditional curling iron, and much easier to use once you get the hang of it. The only downfall about this product is that it takes a few tries to really get the hang of it. I’ve been so accustomed to curling my own hair, that it felt awkward just pressing the “go” button for it to curl it on it’s own. I know it’s a bit hard to understand how that works, but you can watch these videos HERE to really understand the motion of it all.
I like to section off my hair and lift at the roots while placing the barrel at the base of my hair to add some volume. Its also acts as a straightener when I want that slight bend to the ends of my hair. An all white curler with gold hardware? Love!
Shop: T3 Twirl 360 Hair Curler
5. Heat Protectant Spray
A key thing that I have found is to maintaining healthy hair is using a good heat protectant. Protection is key! Since I prefer my bob straight and sleek I don’t curl my hair as often. Instead I usually blow-dry my hair or am getting a blow out, so I guess it evens out. I didn’t realize how damaging drying your hair was until my friend pointed that out, and suggested that I get a better blow dryer (that’s a whole different topic in itself), and start using a heat protectant spray. Besides my recent obsessions with Aussie designers and Aussie anything really, I discovered this Australian line Kevin Murphy about a month ago. Not going to lie the only reason why I wanted to try this product in the beginning was because of its matte pastel packaging (I’m a sucker for packaging). Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised with the results. This product really does what it says it will do. A few spritzes of this spray really does make a difference before I blow dry my locks. I also like to use it to tame my fly aways. It acts like a primer to your makeup, it’s not different with your hair.
6. Hair Mask
Whether you have dry, thick, thin, silky hair.. masks are EVERYTHING! I love this ultra hydrating deep conditioner that I like to use 2-3 times a week. It is actually pretty cool product since there are 2 parts in the container which you mix together into a foam. The only thing is you have to squeeze the bottle right in the middle in order to get an even amount of both products into your palms. Then you mix both formulas until it turns into a foam before slathering it in your hair. For my readers that don’t have time to make your own DIY hair masks (like the one HERE), a pre made deep conditioning mask is a quick and easy way to give a little bit more love to your hair! Typically I like to leave this in for 5 minutes give or take, simple right?
Shop: Omni Potent Duosity
7. Texturizing Spray
Ok ok, so I was really hesitant in trying out this line ORIBE, that I’ve been hearing from all my pro hair friends. The fact of the matter is that I didn’t want to spend more than $40 on hairspray. It was the day I was shooting with Estee Lauder, the hairstylists styled my bob in the most glorious voluminous way I have ever seen. Although I have thick coarse hair, I’ve been suffering with thinning hair on the top of my scalp which has resulted to looking like what you would call a “flat head” (ugh, the things that come with postpartum. Hair loss & hair thinning just to name a few). He used, of course, the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray that every good hairstylist around the block swears by. Long story short..that was the day I broke my Oribe cherry, and couldnt be happier with the $40+ I spent.
I use this as the last step in my hair routine. I love my bob perfectly unperfect- a sleek bob that is a bit tousled and beachy.
& there you have it.. my favorite 7 favorite products for dry damaged hair that I use to tame my mane! Let me know what your hair tips are for healthy looking hair…especially if you have thick coarse hair like me!